Summer School - Smart Cities, 11-18 August 2015, University of Twente, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jul 07, 2015

Deadline: Aug 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 11, 2015 12:00 to Aug 18, 2015 12:00

About the Summer School

The city of the future faces a wide range of challenges, from health, food security and energy supply to transport and climate action. One way of tackling these challenges is by using IT and new governance models to make our cities smarter. Smart Cities make extensive and effective use of big data and IT, and employ smart incentives to encourage small-scale and efficient solutions for energy and transport. This, in turn, calls for a new style of governance, with the active involvement of a wide diversity of public, private and citizens’ organizations. The key concepts are urban vitality, resilient competitiveness, and ultimately a high quality of life.

Establishing Smart Cities - or rather making the transition from traditional to smart cities - generates a host of questions. How should we exploit our cities’ potential for greater vitality, competitiveness and resilience while coping with the rising cost and depleted availability of space and resources? How can we identify and exploit the added value of smart technologies in cities? How do we empower civil society to make a meaningful contribution to achieving smart cities? How should we manage the transition from traditional cities towards smart cities? And how can we achieve evidence-based smart governance that can help us design the smart city of tomorrow?


Topics include:

  • Improving the Robustness of Urban Electricity Networks (by Dr. Alexandr Vasenev)
  • Smart City as Interprofessional Challenge (by Dr. Mark van Vuuren)
  • The Human Factor in a Smart City (by Suzanne Vosslamber, MSc. & Florance Lehnert, MSc.)
  • Smart Ways to Make Smart Cities Smarter (by Prof. Dr. André Dorée)
  • Smart Rules for Smart Cities (by Prof. Dr. Michiel A. Heldeweg LLM)
  • Geo-Processing and Analytics for Smart Cities (by Manuel Garcia Alvarez, MSc.)
  • Smart Grids for Smart Cities (by Dr. Ir. Vincent Bakker & Dr. Ir. Albert Molderink)
  • Back to the Future of Smart Cities (by Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Hospers)
  • Smart Governance between 'Big Brother' and 'Laissez-Faire' (by Dr. Pieter-Jan Kolk)
  • Designing Smart City Components (by Dr. Timo Hartmann)
  • Transforming Towards a Smart Energy City (by Dr. Thomas Hoppe)
  • Smart Water City: On Urban Water Challenges, Infrastructure and Management (by Dr. Kris Lulofs & Ewert Aukes, MSc.)

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  • Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
  • Course level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year, entry level Master’s students and professionals with an interest in smart cities.
  • Course leaders: Dr. Maya van den Berg
  • Credits: 2 ECs on completion of full course.
  • Mix & Match: Possible, but you will not receive credits.




To attend the summer school, you pay a standard fee of €750. This includes:

  • Registration
  • A tent to sleep in
  • Course materials
  • WiFi
  • Food
  • Coffee/tea.

For those not comfortable sleeping in a tent for a week, we offer different accommodations for additional costs.

Not included in the fee are personal expenses like travel costs (plane ticket, train ticket, etc.), travel insurance and other expenses, as well as accommodation other than a tent.


We offer several accommodation upgrades, including a log cabin and a hotel. A tent (including air mattress and sleeping bag) is included in the standard fee. Read more details about the accommodation options.


Please check the International Office of your University if scholarships are available.


If you have questions, be sure to take a look at the frequently asked questions page. If your question is still unanswered after that, don't hestitate to contact us!


The application deadline is 1 August. However, we encourage students to apply as early as possible as some courses may fill up before the application deadline.

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